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    1. Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

      Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

      New England’s largest utility last week petitioned regulators to pre-approve $100 million for energy storage in Massachusetts and $45 million for electric vehicle infrastructure. Eversource sought the approvals as part of a $400 million grid modernization plan, included within a rate hike petition that the utility filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (D.P.U. 17-05).

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    2. What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

      What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

      When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?’ This week Italian energy giant Enel swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state.....Watch for more of this type of deal as the energy storage prices continue to drop and the market continues to ascend, said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

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    3. Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama's Final Energy Blueprint

      Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama's Final Energy Blueprint

      It’s unclear what’s ahead for federal policy on microgrids and distributed energy with the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. But the Obama administration pushed the resources in its final energy blueprint issued last week. "Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” the second installment of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review looks at the rapid technology overhaul on the grid and the challenges that result. 

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    4. New York Offers $8.1M to Reduce Energy Storage Soft Costs

      New York Offers $8.1M to Reduce Energy Storage Soft Costs

      New York is offering $8.1 million for strategies to reduce energy storage soft costs, which can account for more than 25 percent of the price. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) this week seeking contractors to provide technical assistance. The authority sees energy storage as “a significant economic development opportunity,” says the RFP. Analysts expect global energy storage installations to grow from a 538 MW in 2014 worth $675 million to 21,000 MW in 2024 worth $15.6 billion, and up to $400 billion in annual sales by 2030.

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      Mentions: New York NYSERDA
    5. U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy. A six-state team studied lessons learned from New Jersey after being pummeled by the storm in 2012. The teams, from Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, then went on to create action items to guide their own state efforts.

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    6. A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software...Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings...Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

      A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software...Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings...Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

      Siemens has introduced a new Digital Grid Services platform for the U.S. market, which it says will enhance its microgrid software, along with other aspects of its grid portfolio. The platform allows utilities to better access an increasingly digital operational environment through use of cloud and managed service offerings, Siemens says. The company offers the software-as-a-service grid management product via a subscription. Customers receive managed services, including engineering and operations expertise, and cloud-hosted environments via Siemens secure data centers.

       

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    7. Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

      Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

      High ranking military and government officials were scheduled to gather today to see the latest plans for a military microgrid at the Otis Air National Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The leadership summit, held at the military base in Bourne, is a step in making the project a showcase and testbed where the Department of Defense and others can learn about microgrids, their economics and contribution to energy resilience and security.

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    8. Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

      Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

      Hurricane Matthew made a blunt case for microgrids last week as it toppled thousands of electric poles and wires across four states in a cascade that left millions without electricity, some even a week later. Arriving about a month shy of the four-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Matthew again reminded the U.S. why interconnected grids and storms can be a toxic pair.

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    9. ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility’s electric reliability. Microgrid are particularly important in India because of poor grid reliability in many regions.

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      Mentions: India ABB Aquion
    10. Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

      Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

      Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity. State officials described the upcoming solicitation in a call Friday with the media, with release of a new report, “State of Charge,” which calls for Massachusetts to add 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. The New England state is jumping on what industry analysts see as a major opportunity in the power industry. Today’s better and cheaper batteries open a path to correct one of the industry’s biggest economic hurdles: an inability to store its product for later use.

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      Mentions: California DoE Texas
    11. Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

      Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

      ABB’s Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids. Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the output of a rooftop solar array). And when people talk about storage, they often refer to enhancing reliability.

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    12. Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

      Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

      Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another key benefit of storage—public health, especially the power of energy storage to reduce pollution in marginalized communities. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley and PSE Health Energy, an energy research and policy institute, recently published an interesting article in the journal Energy Policy on the role of clean energy technologies and public health. It describes a new approach to the siting and dispatch of emerging clean energy resources, specifically energy storage and demand response. The authors argue that policy-driven clean energy deployment strategies should be locationally optimized—policymakers should think more about where these resources should go—based on impacts to air pollution, human health, and environmental justice.

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    13. GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

      GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

      General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market. “The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs fall. The Connecticut-based company is among a growing field of international technology giants pursuing the microgrid market. Others include ABB, Hitachi, Schneider Electric and Siemens. In the U.S. the companies are pursuing a market pegged at $200 million and expected to reach $800 million in four years, according to GTM Research.

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      Mentions: France U.S. GE
    14. New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

      New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

      Rochester Gas and Electric has issued a solicitation for non-wires alternatives to avert construction of an $11.8 million substation. The New York utility seeks distributed energy resources to reduce the peak load on transformer banks at its Station 43 substation.To maintain reliability, the utility needs the resources from 2019-2025. The first-year requires at a minimum 1.53 MW to avoid overload and 6.22 MW for contingency – that amount necessary to maintain a long term emergency rating for an N-1 contingency. This rises to a minimum of 2.84 MW to avoid overload and 7.53 MW for contingency by 2025.

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    15. Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

      Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

      The duo of PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) now have a utility-scale microgrid to show as they market their technology in North America. PowerStream, an Ontario utility, and KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, cut the ribbon this week on a microgrid that serves 400 residential and business customers in Penetanguishene, a small town north of Toronto on Georgian Bay.

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      Mentions: Asia Africa Ontario
    16. White House Lays Out Plans to Scale Up Microgrids, Storage & Renewables

      White House Lays Out Plans to Scale Up Microgrids, Storage & Renewables

      The Obama Administration on Thursday laid out an extensive list of federal, utility and private actions to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the US. The menu of initiatives came out of a summit that the White House hosted to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage. The event drew several major power companies, energy developers, municipalities and regulators to the nation’s capital, who released a list of projects, commitments and solicitations for advanced energy technologies.

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    17. Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

      Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

      A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina’s Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with ‘Open Field Message Bus Technology,’ a standards-based system that could reduce the complexity and costs of integrating distributed resources. This could be a game changer for the industry, allowing for fast and cost-effective integration of distributed resources.

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    18. The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Microgrids

      The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Microgrids

      Energy storage systems (ESSs) have an important and diverse role in microgrids. Solar PV and other renewable distributed generation (DG) technologies require a voltage source in order to synchronize. This has typically been done with a backup generator; an ESS provides a similar voltage source but without the emissions of a diesel generator. Recent advances in microgrid automation systems, however, have made ESSs less of a necessity in partially renewable-based microgrids. According to industry leader ABB, microgrids with as much as 50 percent of load coming from renewable sources do not need an ESS. This is 10 percent higher than previously believed.

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      Mentions: U.S. ABB
    19. DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero…& More

      DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero…& More

      Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current loads. The sources, storage and loads will all be integrated onto a single DC bus using the ARDA DC Microgrid Platform. The platform provides for increased efficiency, reduced cost and improved resiliency, while enabling the provision of ancillary services to the AC grid, according to ARDA Power.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    20. EV Chargers Plus Energy Storage Equals Multiple Benefits

      EV Chargers Plus Energy Storage Equals Multiple Benefits

      EV chargers plus energy storage are expected to lower demand charges and avoid utility-funded infrastructure upgrades in a pilot program in Hawaii. In the pilot, a partnership among Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Greenlots, a 50-kW fast charger for EVs is coupled with energy storage at a HECO site that has only 23 kW of capacity, said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, which develops solutions for charging EVs.

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      Mentions: Hawaii EPRI FERC
    21. Federal Support Promotes Microgrid Technology

      Federal Support Promotes Microgrid Technology

      Microgrid technology is at the forefront of the nation’s evolving electric grid, says a new paper “Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger: Microgrids in the Evolving Power System,” released by the The Pew Charitable Trusts at this week’s Advanced Research Products Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) Summit in Washington, D.C. This excerpt describes federal programs and policies that are advancing microgrids. The U.S. Department of Energy leads federal research to advance development and deployment of microgrids through partnerships with organizations such as the national laboratories, academic institutions, and the private sector. The DOE’s interest lies in using the technology to improve electricity reliability and resiliency, help communities prepare for future grid outages, and encourage growth of clean and efficient energy industries.

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    22. Integrating Run-of-the-River Hydropower into a Microgrid for Reliability

      Integrating Run-of-the-River Hydropower into a Microgrid for Reliability

      The Idaho National Laboratory is studying integrating run-of-the-river hydropower into a microgrid to make the city of Idaho Falls’ municipal power distribution more reliable. The $1 million, 2-year collaboration with the city of Idaho Falls was prompted by a December 2013 outage that left the city blacked out for hours in subzero temperatures. The lab’s facility includes a real-time digital simulator that allows researchers to simulate different real-world situations and better understand how microgrids interact with the grid, said Rob Hovsapian, lead engineer for INL’s Energy Systems & Technologies Division.

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